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Parasites

Curious Incident of the Guinea Worm in the Dog

 Curious Incident of the Guinea Worm in the Dog

Humans have waged a decade-spanning war of extinction against the parasitic Guinea worm. With cases down roughly 99.99 percent from 1986, it would seem the struggle is nearly at an end. Now our inhuman adversary has found a new place to hide -- and that place is man's best friend. See more »

Welcome to the Mosquito Factory

 Welcome to the Mosquito Factory

In humanity’s ongoing war against mosquito borne illness, some of the most innovative offense comes in the form mosquito breeding programs. Yes, these “mosquito factories” are all about manipulating the enemy rather than simply killing them. Join Robert and Christian as they explore the world of GMO mosquitoes, Wolbachia bacteria and the possible wages of mosquito eradication. See more »

X-Files Science Part II: Bugs, Hybrids and Hypnosis

 X-Files Science Part II: Bugs, Hybrids and Hypnosis

We want to believe. With the return of The X-Files to television Joe and Christian go digging through Scully's reports for scientific answers to the big themes of the show's mythology. Join us to learn more about regression hypnosis, cloning, bees, alien hybridization and more. Just remember... trust no one. See more »

X-Files Science Part I: Mutants & Parasites

 X-Files Science Part I: Mutants & Parasites

With the return of television's The X-Files, it's never been a better time to look at the science behind the show. Join Joe and Christian as they examine the possibilities of classic Monsters of the Week, including otherworldly parasites, killer mutants and more. We'll add present research to the scientific theories surrounding the show during its initial release to find if the truth is out there. See more »

The Strain: Dissecting del Toro's Vampires

 The Strain: Dissecting del Toro's Vampires

Guillermo del Toro's “The Strain” continues to enthrall readers and viewers -- and, love it or hate it, there’s no denying the complexity and creativity that del Toro and co-author Chuck Hogan poured into the series’ vampires. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore some real-world organisms that line up nicely with the science of “The Strain.” See more »

Why Parasites Don't Turn Us Into Sex Zombies

 Why Parasites Don't Turn Us Into Sex Zombies

Why don't parasites hijack our libidos and use us a sex puppets? A biological mathematician and a theoretical ecologist investigate. See more »

Are parasites making me sexy?

 Are parasites making me sexy?

Could parasites be the next big dating trend? See more »

The Dexter of Parasites

 The Dexter of Parasites

Yes, in the same way Dexter preyed on other serial killers, parasitic organisms are targeted by parasites as well. Join Robert and Julie as they discuss the world of hyperparasites. See more »

'Upstream Color' Worms Into Your Mind

 'Upstream Color' Worms Into Your Mind

Robert discusses the latest film from "Primer" creator Shane Carruth, now available on Netflix streaming. See more »